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Woman’s body found in shed; homeless man charged with murder

Beacon Journal staff report

A homeless man is being held at Summit County Jail on a murder charge following the fatal stabbing of a woman whose body was found Monday night in Akron.

Police say Jacob T. Umana, 37, was at the scene and near the victim when officers arrived. He is scheduled for an arraignment hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday in Akron Municipal Court.

Stephanie Junius, 44, was found in a shed in the 600 block of East Buchtel Avenue about 11 p.m.

She was pronounced dead about 11:30 p.m.

Neighbors who heard a woman yelling for help alerted Akron police, department spokesman Lt. Rick Edwards said Tuesday.

The Summit County Medical Examiners Office performed an autopsy Tuesday and determined the cause of death to be a stab wound and ruled the death a homicide, according to a medical examiner’s investigator. Detectives and the medical examiner’s office continue to investigate.

The last known address for Junius was near where her body was found.

Umana has numerous prior convictions, dating back to 1996, for crimes that range from misdemeanor trespassing and drug abuse to grand theft, breaking and entering and robbery, according to Akron Municipal Court and Summit County Clerk of Courts websites.

In the most serious crime, second-degree felony robbery in 2007, police said Umana pushed down a 93-year-old man, ripped the man’s pants and took his wallet, according to Beacon Journal archives. Court records indicate he was sentenced to two years in prison.



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